Park Nights 2018: Kamasi Washington

Serpentine Pavilion

3 Aug 2018 - 8:00 PM

Park Nights 2018: Kamasi Washington

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Following the release of his anticipated second album Heaven and Earth, celebrated saxophonist, composer and producer Kamasi Washington and his band came together for a dynamic, improvisational performance that opened the door to a music experience unlike anything heard before.

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Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer born and raised in Los Angeles. He grew up playing jazz in the city’s storied Leimert Park neighborhood, forming his first band, the Young Jazz Giants, with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Ronald Bruner, Jr. and Cameron Graves in high school. Washington went on to study ethnomusicology at UCLA and play with Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq and more. His debut album, The Epic, was released in 2015 to rapturous critical reception, universally embraced as one of the best of the year and awarded the inaugural American Music Prize. His highly anticipated second album, Heaven and Earth, was released in June 2018.

Park Nights is the Serpentine’s experimental, interdisciplinary live platform, programmed for the Galleries’ annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion.

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